Girl guides join move to save children’s lives
Guides throughout New Zealand will be jumping to celebrate the International Day of the Girl tomorrow – and at same time raise awareness about child mortality around the world.
The United Nations declared October 11 as the world’s first International Day of the Girl and GirlGuiding New Zealand, as part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), are raising their voices to say, ‘‘together we can save children’s lives’’.
This is a key part of the Millennium Development Goals that were agreed to by UN member states in New York to help combat extreme poverty across the world.
On this celebratory day for girls, GirlGuiding New Zealand is aiming to make a commitment to the future of children by hav- ing fun with Girl Jam, a quick and easy form of exercise and movement to the girls’ choice of music.
“Girl Jam aims to raise awareness about child poverty and reducing child mortality,” says GirlGuiding New Zealand President Sonia Faulkner.
‘‘It’s a fantastic opportunity for Guides of all ages to speak out, educate and take action.’’
Pippins, Brownies, Guides and Rangers will be enjoying Girl Jam anywhere they choose, whether it is at a park, at a shopping centre, at a school, or anywhere that is a safe place.
As the event is being held during the school holidays, friends, parents, grandparents and siblings have all been invited to join in the fun.
Videos clips of the Girl Jam will be placed on YouTube through the GirlGuiding New Zealand website girlguiding nz.org.nz.
Other international WAGGGS Global Action Theme goals include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, improving maternal health, combating diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and promoting gender equality and empowering women.
GirlGuiding New Zealand is the largest female-only organisation in New Zealand and caters for girls from 5 to 18.
‘‘We help girls develop skills, knowledge, values and a sense of adventure through great learning programmes,’’ says Sonia.
For more information about GirlGuiding NZ visit girlguidingnz.org.nz.